Lemme Help You

Posted April 17, 2015 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Anti~hero, Awesomeness, Bad Ass, Body and Mind, Comics, Connection, DC Universe, Disconnection, Fantasy, Friends, Illusions, Love, Marvel Comics, Meme, No Love, Pleasure and Pain, Pop Culture, Strength, Super Villainess, Symbols and Imagery, Weakness

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••Meme by Felicia••

Deadlifts! Do they matter?

Posted April 17, 2015 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Addiction, Awesomeness, Bad Ass, Body and Mind, Dedication, Fitness, Gym, Health and Fitness, Obsessions, On the Right Track, Pleasure and Pain, Strength, Workout, Worthy Reads

~Felicia~:

My answer is… Yes! Of course deadlifts matter!!! And yes indeed this is a lift that you can’t fake. It isn’t a lift for lazy people. If you aren’t deadlifting, squatting and benching, do you even lift LoL? That is the real question!! Good write up Busch and excellent photo showing strict form Karnes!!
~~~F

Originally posted on VIES Magazine:

#FitnessFriday

Written by:  Kevin Busch     Photo by:  Amber Karnes

Deadlifts are of those exercises that you either love or hate.  However, the question that remains is… are they important for your goals?  Well to answer that you have to first figure out what your goals are.  If you’re on the road to becoming a power lifter, then sorry to say, deadlifts are vital for your training.  If you’re an average person, just looking to get a decent workout, or you’re a body builder looking to add muscle, then deadlifts may not be on your list of priorities.  In these cases, don’t be too hasty to cut this lift out.  Let’s take a look at benefits of deadlifting.

#1 – Deadlifts Teach You To Lift Properly

Now, before going any further with this one we first need to stress the fact that only proper form on the…

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Thank God for Good Work Ethic

Posted April 16, 2015 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Archives, Archivist, Dedication, Information Governance, Intellect, Meme, On the Right Track, Professional Endeavors, Quotes, Records Management, Reflection, Worthy Reads

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••Meme by Felicia

I can’t feel anything but sorry for people who insist on reinforcing professional silos. “I can’t help you with this because that is your job!” I’m always shocked when I hear that some people still think that way since we work toward the same goal?! That’s one sentence I have never muttered. True professionals work together for the greater good behind the mission of an agency. We are all under one roof and that is how it should be.

It is the night before my interview. If there are three things that I can thank God for giving me they are: my excellent work ethic; a genuine loyalty to my agency and sister divisions; and my willingness to help other professionals without thinking twice. I believe those are things that my boss has recognized in me after so many years. I believe these things set me apart from others.

I work for the public. I work for other agencies and local government. I admire and respect the role my agency plays in the grand scheme of things. Technically, I work for every person, every bureau, and every division of my agency. That’s because I actually believe we are a team!!

Stormy

Posted April 15, 2015 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Allusion, Beauty, Body and Mind, Connection, Darkness, Digital Photography, Disconnection, Light, Love, Metaphors, New Mexico, No Love, Pleasure and Pain, Poetry, Poets, Santa Fe, Sun Signs, Water Symbol, Wind Symbol, Writers, Writing

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•Stormy Sky~ Santa Fe, New Mexico • Photo by Felicia•

Wind blew out the
warmth of light.
This storm rushing
to break free.
Sorrow and one
icy breath before
the first drop
broke for me.
A cold, dark storm
and gusty glares
with rain sent to
perish on dry land.
Silence in electric
clouds… way more
than just one heart
can stand.

by Felicia Lujan
4.15.15

Self-mastery of Words

Posted April 14, 2015 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Body and Mind, Books, Children, Connection, Creative Writing, Creativity, Family, Family Photos, Love, Metaphors, New Mexico, Personal Glimpses, Poetry, Poets, Reflection, Santa Fe, Worthy Reads, Writers, Writing

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•My son and I at the Santa Fe Public Library (Southside) on 4.12.2015•

Becoming anything you want is easy in a library. Libraries are mystical places. Stories spur our imaginations. Words can transport us into a galaxy unknown… into a sea of love or a world of pain… through a temporary rainbow so we can breathe the colors and into another body or mind with ease. For a reader, this can be achieved if the magic and words are right. It is a harmony of poetic description. For a writer, this type of out of body/mind experience is a must. Disconnection from what is becomes essential to the creative process.

I have been writing poetry since I was a child. No instruction. No degrees. No literary tools. No clue. Just feelings and words. (Read the first poem I wrote at 8yrs old in My Love Affair with Writing) My heart was meant to leave remnants of emotion. Those remnants are sparkly and dark, beautiful and ugly. They are erotically unbound words. My writing defines my soul. My poetry is filled with my words. The words have been etched into me with an acid that only metallic hearts will understand. Only creative machines can be permanently marked by words.

On Sunday I spent the afternoon with my son in the library. It felt so good to see light in his eyes for so long. Taking time to foster a love of words in our children is of the utmost importance. How can I teach him the power of letters and words? Maybe I should read him my poetry? Looking back decades ago, this appreciation came to me in a flood of emotions time and time again. It is feelings not creativity, which first prompt meaningful writing. Good and bad experiences draw out our feelings. We are then inspired and creativity is born.

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•A sign I love in the Santa Fe Public Library (Southside)•

I am sitting in the wind right now. I’m writing. I’m thinking. I’m feeling. My heart is low. I hear a crow in the distance. Children are laughing. The trees are casting shadows on me. People are walking fast. Cars are passing slow. I am feeling this very moment. My best poetry always comes from this place. It is the place of complete surrender to a moment. The ability to feel a moment and then recreate the moment with words is the most important tool a writer has.

Becoming anything I want is easy. There is actually a mystical library within me. This Sunday I realized that. All of my books are there. They have always been there. Everyday I add new books or develop new chapters. Sometimes I read my old books again. These stories spur my imagination and transport me to other places. My harmony of poetic description and creative process is in constant motion. I have become an expert when it comes to harnessing moments and emotions that fill my books with words.

I don’t know that I will ever be a poet laureate? I don’t know that I’ll ever win a Pulitzer Prize or a Congressional gold medal for poetry like Robert Frost? I’m actually more than alright with that. Money and fame mean nothing to me. The ability to freely express myself is my prize. I am a real winner if I can get my son to love words as much as I do. If I never publish any books, I know that I have self-mastered the art of my words.

In the end, the audience of one who feels, the audience of one who listens, the audience of one who really matters is me.

Tangled Hair and Gritty Teeth

Posted April 13, 2015 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Awesomeness, Bad Ass, Beauty, Body and Mind, Children, Connection, Creative Writing, Digital Photography, Family, Love, Memories, Nature, New Mexico, Personal Glimpses, Reflection, Santa Fe, Worthy Reads, Writers, Writing

I love the smell of fresh dirt. The wind whips through my long ponytail. My blonde, tangled locks seem misplaced against the vibrant New Mexican sky. Blue sky, red Earth, the great wide open, barren plateaus, dancing Cholla, and stories of those who came before, give me reasons to adore this place. This is the place that I call my own. I was born and raised in a place which embodies the beauty of dirt.

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•Diablo Canyon in Santa Fe, New Mexico•

If you didn’t know, 4-wheeling in not the Land of Enchantment, but this enchanted land is special. Those wheels afford you an unsoiled, yet soiled glimpse through natures looking glass. The ghosts of Diablo Canyon cast hazy red shadows when the sun sets. Then there are the stories. Today the canyon is used by thrill seekers to evoke hellish feelings. The jump is far. The climb is steep. These thrills aren’t for the weak.

Our ride on Sunday through Caja del Rio, past Diablo Canyon, to the Rio Grande River was beautiful. How quickly we forget the childhood feelings tied to our land and nature. When I was a young girl, I spent all my time on a 3-wheeler. My brother, sister and I explored together. Looking back, we learned together. While my brother and I sat along the bank of the Rio Grande on Sunday, we talked about those priceless days. (Read: Eat My Dust)

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•Rio Grande River off Old Buckman Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico•

There is nothing like the smell of fresh dirt. I would never replace the feel of grit in teeth. The simplest of things can confirm you are home. I don’t mind when the New Mexico wind whips through my hair. It makes me feel alive. I was born and raised in a place which embodies the beauty of dirty skin and sacred land. It is here where I shall remain.

Deadlifting in the Dark

Posted April 11, 2015 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Addiction, Awesomeness, Bad Ass, Beasts, Body and Mind, Comics, Darkness, DC Universe, Dedication, Fitness, Gym, Health and Fitness, New Mexico, Obsessions, On the Right Track, Pleasure and Pain, Positive Energies, Quotes, Reflection, Santa Fe, She Muscle, Strength, Super Villains, Symbols and Imagery, Workout

“People often believed they
were safer in the light, thinking
monsters only came out at
night. But safety–like light–
is a facade.”
~~~~C.J. Roberts, Captive in
the Dark (The Dark Duet, #1)

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Doomsday (Injustice: Gods Among Us)~ this monstrous supervillain is an ancient Kryptonian with superhuman strength, speed, endurance and agility. He is an invulnerable member of the Suicide Squad with the ability to camouflage himself.

I got an unbelievably awesome workout today!! My deadz keep going up and I love it. The gym was packed when I got there. The power completely went out and didn’t turn back on. That meant that the excuse makers trickled out and only the die hards remained.

I thought about the symbology of darkness as I morphed into an iron monster. Maybe I was Doomsday today? I sure as hell felt like it! I was strong and fearless. I guess the dark is a little dangerous!? I did bump my head on a pull down bar and got a big ole bump! The bump didn’t stop me though.

I’m on a mission that no force can stop!!!


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